By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Free-agent linebacker Jaylon Smith has signed with the Green Bay Packers. He was recently released by the Dallas Cowboys.
Smith was on the outside looking in with the Cowboys following the emergence of rookies Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox. His playing time was limited before his release.
The Packers are receiving a young linebacker, who can help their defense that has been hampered by injuries. Despite signing with Green Bay, the Cowboys will continue to pay his salary.
He had signed a five-year, $68 million extension with the Cowboys in 2019. He had $34 million guaranteed with the deal that included a $7.2 million base salary for this season.
Smith appeared in four games with the Cowboys before his departure. He made two starts.
Dallas saw a way out of his contractual obligations before an upcoming guaranteed injured salary of more than $9 million for the 2022 season.
With the Packers, Smith may come in as a backup right away as he learns the team’s playbook. However, towards the end of the season, he may receive playing time if the team has any injuries.
In five seasons with the Cowboys, the 2016 second-round draft pick appeared in 68 games with the team. He made 56 starts.
He had 498 tackles, including 20 tackles for a loss and 15 quarterback hits. He has 9.0 sacks.
Smith also had two interceptions, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and 20 pass deflections.
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